162 LETTERS FROM THE he introduced to them as his pupille, was quelque chose de plus; so they go there no more. All the dead trees in the Tuileries are taken away, and young ones planted in their place. M. de Maulde expects to be a deputy, and would otherwise be employed in the diplomatic line. Dr. Gem tells me he has such an idea of my philosophical love of truth and dignity, that he was sure I would not have accepted an embassy. Count Benincasa has enclosed to me a heap of improper letters, which I opened, and found one full of equivocal, cipherous phrases, cousus de fil blanc, and another directed to Citoyen Grangibus; so I made a bonfire of them. Do not say I was cross; for, voyez-vous, supposing my letters come unopened, and I were to send them, the person is taken up, and the papers are found in his bureau. " How did you come by them ?" "I received them from le commissionnaire Anglais" —who sleeps the next night at Chantilly! To return to Benincasa,1 he has vexed many people by the ridiculous observations In his book. i Count Bartholom6o Benincasa, author of a work called "Les Morlaques," and of other publications of a satirical kind.